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- CIS Member States began testing the operational readiness of the Joint Air Defence System
According to TASS, the forces of the Joint Air Defence System of the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan all took part in the test. The Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation reports that the test includes the use of the Air Defence System against aircraft violating the state border of the Commonwealth states.
The Joint Air Defence System is managed from the Russian Aerospace Force Control Centre in Moscow. “As part of the training we are practicing the use of on-duty air defence forces against aircraft that violate the rules of airspace use, aircraft that violate the state borders of the CIS States, hijacked aircraft, as well as for providing assistance to crews of aircraft in distress,” reports TASS with reference to the Ministry of Defence.
On September 11, over 130 command and control posts of different levels of seven CIS Member States began improving interaction between command bodies of the Joint Air Defence System of the CIS.
The training began with the detection of control targets by the on-duty air defence forces in the Eastern European and Central Asian regions, the targets representing enemy aircraft. Strategic missile carriers Tupolev Tu-160 and bombers Tupolev Tu-22 M3 of the Russian Long-Range Air Force played the role of the enemy aircraft.
The training involves over 130 command posts on the territory of seven states and over 60 aircraft: fighters Sukhoi Su-27, Migunov MiG-29, Migunov MiG-31 and Yakovlev Yak-130, frontline bombers Sukhoi Su-24 and Sukhoi Su-34, attack aircraft Sukhoi Su-25, heavy bombers Tupolev Tu-22 and Tupolev Tu-160. “The aircraft crews will conduct mutual manoeuvres in the airspace of the seven states participating in the training,” reports TASS.